Friday, November 22, 2013

You Paid $500/Gallon for Diesel Fuel in Afghanistan

We all know our government wastes inordinate amounts of our tax dollars.  Here's a report about how they're blowing money in Afghanistan.

Via:  The
How one inspector general is fighting fraud and waste in Afghanistan
After 12 years of war, you would think the war planners and defense contractors have the situation in Afghanistan well in hand. And they do, if the goal is wasteful spending on such a colossal scale that it makes look like
The magnitude of the ongoing fiscal irresponsibility in Afghanistan is almost impossible to measure, and there is little hope that either the White House or Congress will show any interest in listening to those who provide the warm bodies and sweaty dollars for the ongoing conflict.
There is someone keeping track of the waste: 
The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is an independent body designed to peek around at the $96.57 billion dollars appropriated thus far to Afghanistan's reconstruction. This is more than spreadsheet scrutiny (though they do check the numbers with insane precision); auditors are deployed across Afghanistan to see with their own eyes what's going on, and report their findings back to Washington. The present SIGAR is John Sopko, who does his job so well that it's hard to believe he's been allowed to keep it.
Here are just a few examples of what Mr. Sopko has found:
The Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan — the group in charge of training and developing the Afghan security forces — couldn't account for $230 million in spare parts it had ordered. 
(SIGAR) reported that in at least one case, you were paying $500/gallon for diesel fuel. (The market price cap for diesel in Afghanistan is $5/gallon.)
Sayed Bilal Sadath Construction Company, the contractor who received the $300,000 overpayment, hasn't sent it back. And why would they? They were paid $200,000 for thermostats only worth $2,000, and nobody complained.
To follow up on the $300,000 overpayment mentioned above...
Sayed Bilal Sadath Construction Company received this money for a contract to build a small, 100-bed hospital in Gardez, Afghanistan — an unfinished hospital that is almost two years behind schedule. Don't worry about it, though. The Afghan government has warned that it might not be able to use the hospital anyway, as its operation and maintenance costs are five times more than the hospital it's supposed to replace. [Full report: PDF]
Mr. Sopko is doing a pretty good job of finding these abuses of our money, but that isn't going to last for long because of poor security in Afghanistan:
Security in Afghanistan is abysmal. The "graveyard of empires" is a dangerous place, and Sopko's brave men and women are limited to what are called "oversight bubbles" — places where security can be provided and emergency medical care dispatched. By next year, SIGAR predicts it will only have access to 21 percent of the country.
They've contacted 3 of America's agency heads regarding this problem, but no help yet:
On October 10, Sopko sent an urgent letter to the Secretaries of Defense and State, as well as the administrator at U.S. Agency for International Development, asking for guidance and support in expanding oversight to the other 79 percent of Afghanistan. (In northern Afghanistan alone, there are ongoing infrastructure projects worth $72 million that lack oversight.) Sopko requested a response in 30 days. Forty-one days later, none of the three men have issued a response and have each asked for more time. 
No help in 41 days, huh?  Well, could it be that Chuck Hagel is busy protecting the environment in the Arctic and John Kerry is busy making nice with Iran?  As for the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development...I don't know what his excuse is.

Mr. Sopko did receive one response:
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who as a result of Sopko's letter has submitted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. Her amendment, SA 2196, would withhold funds from any project or program in Afghanistan that cannot be physically accessed by government oversight authorities. [Full letter: PDF]
Why are we still giving money to Afghanistan anyway?  Mr. Karzai doesn't much like us or appreciate what Americans have sacrificed for his stinking, rat hole of a country.

No problem, though.  It's only money...our money.  Are you mad yet?

Read the entire article here.


  1. Love your page. We're ALL OVER the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination on Common Cent:

  2. Let's bring them home and then turn the place to glass.

  3. I believe all useless wars, foreign aid, most of anything that involves money and other countries like this latest eyeran deal is money laundering.
    This is Rome in the last years.
    The clinton foundation, billions of $, had a big push for Haiti after the earthquake. One of the women at work went there on a church sponsored mission about 6 months ago. Nothing rebuilt., wait, - kids running around all over with no shoes - her mission was to take shoes down there. - wait. Lot of kids running around with no Clothes wiping their butts in the dirt... So where did any of the money people (morons) donated to clinton to help with haiti go?
    I'm tired of this...... so tired.

    And we're growing them dumber.

    TCL, was talking briefly to a libtard this weekend. at one point he/she says "I just don't undersand, you support the rich A-holes who do everything for profit and are against the politicians and government people who are there to Take Care of Us For No Profit." yea. That's where we're at. We were stupid once? Never that stupid.

  4. As most army vets are well aware, the fiscal discipline within the U.S. Army is almost non-existent, and things were like this back in my enlisted day, when the uniforms we wore resembled togas, boots were in the form of sandals and before the M-16 we were issued spears. Nothing has changed I see, nothing at all. I could point to countless examples of shameless lack of financial savvy like this one, Lady, that I witnessed with my own two eyeballs.

    That's why nobody, and I mean NOBODY on earth can stand up to the might of the U.S. Army: we throw money at the enemy like it was just another weapon system. And it is. Like it or not.


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